Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kristin Lee Dies In Seven Vehicle Crash

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Kristin R. Lee, 38 of Iowa died in a seven vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Lee county at Summerlin and Winker Avenue.

Seven vehicles were traveling north on Summerlin Road about 3:52 p.m. in the process of slowing or stopped for traffic congestion.  Orlo L. Carson, 43 of North Fort Myers was traveling north on Summerlin Road in the outside lane approaching the other vehicles from the rear.

Carson's tractor trailer rear ended a 1998 Lincoln Towncar driven by James J. Cwanek, 70 of Fort Myers causing the Lincoln to rear end a third vehicle. Vehicles 4, 5, 6, and 7 were then struck as part of a chain reaction from  the initial impacts.

After the initial impact, the Lincoln did erupt into flames. The rear passenger, Kristin Lee was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver, James Cwanek and another passenger Austin A. Perkins, 34 of Minnesota were critically injured. Occupants of vehicles three and four were seriously injured.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending said the FHP.

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